McGregor issued CA boxing license, denied Nevada license
December 1, 2016
MMA Fighting reports that Conor McGregor has obtained a boxing license from the California State Athletic Commission. However, he was not issued a boxing license in Nevada.
California State Athletic Commission executive officer Andy Foster confirmed the news that McGregor has a license.
The news comes after McGregor was stripped of the UFC Featherweight title. Max Holloway and Anthony Pettis will vie for the interim Featherweight title with the winner likely facing Jose Aldo to unify the Featherweight title. McGregor has not defended the title.
However, the Las Vegas Journal Review reports that McGregor was denied a boxing license in the state of Nevada. In part, the denial is due to the outstanding fine assessed McGregor from the bottle-throwing incident at the UFC 202 press conference. In addition, Bob Bennett, NAC Executive Director, stated that he would have to assess McGregor’s boxing ability.
Obtaining a boxing license appears to be the next move in McGregor’s strategy to gain more leverage with the UFC. The never-ending rumor that McGregor may fight Floyd Mayweather, Jr. with this news. Will it happen? I doubt it unless there are substantial monetary guarantees and legal hurdles are addressed. From a legal standpoint, the UFC would likely step in to prevent a McGregor boxing fight from happening since he is under contract with the company. Of course, McGregor would fight this. But, I would suspect that the license is more of a way to annoy UFC management.